[PRESS RELEASE] Smile Train and Philippine Band of Mercy
Bring Christmas Cheer to Children with Cleft Deformities Quezon City, 04 December 2014 – Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, and the Philippine Band of Mercy (PBM) brings early Christmas cheer to young cleft patients. Hundreds of patients and their families were given gift baskets that would help them make their Christmas celebrations a memorable one. The gift-giving was graced by celebrity couple, Marc and Danica Pingris, who were warmly welcomed by children who have recently undergone or are awaiting surgery. The Pingris couple distributed toys and gift packs, to the delight of the patients and their families.
Smile Train provides free cleft lip and palate surgeries to those who need them. In the Philippines, it has over 40 partner-hospitals offering medical services to poor children and adults suffering from these conditions. PBM, one of Smile Train’s partners in the Philippines, performs over 2,000 cleft surgeries
Smile Train Country Manager Kimmy Flaviano said, “Smile Train is extremely proud to have a partner like Philippine Band of Mercy. For over 70 years, PBM has dedicated themselves to helping poor Filipinos with disabilities. Since 2002, they have focused most of their resources and expertise on helping children with cleft lips and palates.”